24 Variations on a Ritornello by Claudio Monteverdi

from the Prologue to L'Orfeo, 1607

Op.6

for Piano


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Yes, Variation 5 is a spoof of the opening passage of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Why? Why, because I could - and because it is, after all, a strict variation on Monteverdi's Ritornello, just like every other section in this piece.

Variations 17 and 24 are also jokes (Second Viennese School jokes, to be precise) - and yet, of course, also exact variations on the original material. All right, I admit it - I'm incorrigible.


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